|Jimmy Sinton (Co-founder and CEO) |
After obtaining a graduate degree in Ecology (M.S. equivalent) Jimmy has combined a career in ecology with management consulting, entrepreneurship and teaching at a private university. He has created and run 6 companies in Europe and the US, working as a management consultant with hundreds of companies including IBM, Kodak, Toshiba, Procter & Gamble and Kellogg's.
As an ecologist he has been growing increasingly concerned about the lack of progress towards a solution for the climate crisis, the water crisis and the food crisis. He realized that by coordinating the training of farmers and foresters to sequester large amounts of carbon in the soil, all these needs will be addressed. As soil carbon increases it improves food and water quality while providing the only affordable way to reverse the climate crisis effectively.
Jimmy has combined his career with a deepening appreciation of the key role that awareness plays in any social transformation. He feels that our world is currently going through the early stages of a major paradigm shift and that the new humanity which is emerging will fully embrace sustainability and compassion in all its depth and profundity.
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|***||Elaine Ingham Ph.D. (Co-founder & Chief Soil Scientist). |
As founder of the Soil Food Web, Elaine has worked with farmers
in many countries to help them switch from using synthetic chemicals to a
natural method of farming. There are now approximately 3 million acres under cultivation using her methods for scientific Biological farming. She was Chief Scientist at the Rodale Institute from 2011 to 2013. She has authored four books and over 50 research papers in peer reviewed scientific journals relating to soil ecology.
In her spare time, Elaine publishes scientific papers,
writes book chapters and gives talks at meetings and symposia around the world.
Attendance at Elaine’s courses is always very high given her depth of knowledge
and dynamic presentation style, as well as being a world-renown leader in
research of the soil food web.
Elaine earned her Ph.D. in microbiology (specializing in soil) from Colorado State University. She is an Affiliate Professor, Graduate Research, at Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW, Australia. She was Program
Chair of the Ecological Society of America from 1999 to 2000.
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Molly Haviland (Co-founder and Chief Training Officer).
The Great Sand Dunes National Park, in Southern Colorado, was home to Molly's family for many years. She and her sisters enjoyed a backyard of pinion pine tree covered mountains and clean streams to play in. They didn't know how lucky they were.
Years later, she would pursue a B.S. in Sustainable Living in one of the most land-altered regions in the U.S., the Midwest. Iowa is notorious for being the most man-manipulated state in the U.S. and it was while living there that she witnessed soil loss, food, land and water degradation that would be the catalyst for a paradigm shift in her life.
Under the direction of her mentor, Dr. Elaine Ingham and the support of the Maharishi University of Management, she started The Living Soil Compost Lab. She and her team made the highest quality compost with diverse microbial life. They did applications throughout the community and trained others to do it for themselves.
Molly is now the director of Haviland Earth Regeneration (HER). She has had the pleasure and honor of working with farmers, composting operations, universities, and government organisations throughout the world in education for soil building techniques.
The goals of HER are to:
1) Build Balanced Soil As Quickly As Possible
2) Grow Food That Is Medicine
3) Train Others To Do It For Themselves.
She agrees whole heartedly with Lydia Khristeva, the Soviet soil scientist in her statement, “The duty of a scientist is that: the Earth should be pure, and people should be full”. Molly's advice is to build some soil and watch the myriad of benefits unfold!
|Loida Vasquez (Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer)|
After years of working in corporate America, Loida realized that she wanted to do something meaningful to help the environment and all its inhabitants.
That was when she decided to dedicate her time and efforts to healing our precious soil, without which, climate change continues at a rapid rate, contaminated run-off water kills life in our lakes and oceans, while healthy food can not be grown.
Loida obtained a B.S. in Sustainable Living and a Living Soils consultant certification under the guidance of Dr. Elaine Ingham.
She is now a professional Living Soils consultant devoting all her time to working with growing systems that heal the soil and so produce healthy food for humans and animals to consume, while reducing climate change via carbon sequestration.
|Vivian Kaloxilos (Co-founder and Chief Communications Officer)|
Vivian is the founder of DocTerre, a Living Soils lab,
consultation, analysis and remediation service located near Montreal in Quebec. Her
vision is to help the transition of soil practices from those that kill soil
life to those that allow biology to thrive. Vivian also teaches Permaculture
Design Courses and workshops, integrating soil food web science with Permaculture design and principles.
Vivian graduated from the School of Environment at McGill
University in Montréal, during which she worked under Professor Catherine
Potvin doing ecological field work with the Smithsonian Tropical Research
Institute in Panama. With this ecological field work experience at hand, Vivian
continued the practical application of ecosystem design through years of
studying and practicing Permaculture.
After all this experience of environmental issues and
observation of natural systems, it became clear to her that there was a missing
link somewhere among all these sciences. This led Vivian to complete her study
of ecology and ecosystem theory under the guidance of Dr. Elaine Ingham at Soil
Food Web Inc.
These studies of soil microscopy, compost, compost tea, and
living soil sciences led her to the connection between ecological systems above
and below the ground. This resulted in
her current devotion to implementing real ecological solutions for dealing with
the climate crisis as well as improving human health and wellbeing.
Vivian is also a co-founder of the Valhalla Movement
Foundation, a digital marketing company for the community of change. As such
she has connected with many amazing projects from all around the world, uniting
under a passion for sustainability, self-reliance, and co-creation in hopes of
creating a world which we all feel is possible in our hearts. Valhalla has
acquired 60 acres of what used to be GMO monoculture corn and soya fields,
which is being collectively remediated overtime by the Valhalla team and their
knowledgeable thirsty volunteers using living soil science and